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Potting Christmas Trees

The Martha Stewart Show, December 2009

When decorating your Christmas tree, don't forget to pay a little attention to the base -- these innovative techniques can make the traditional tree stand as irresistible to look at as the tree itself.

Pewter Bowl
Place a sparkling faux tree, such as the Grandin Road Martha Stewart Tinsel Tree, in a beautiful pewter bowl for a one-of-a-kind presentation. To create a base for the tree, cut a round piece of wood that fits in the vessel you are using, drill a hole in the center to ensure the tree is secure, and cover with fake snow. As an alternative to fake snow, a covering of tinsel can add even more sparkle.

Galvanized Metal Tray
A galvanized metal tray can also be used as a unique stand for faux trees. Turn the base into its own environment for the Christmas tree to live in by adding artificial snow and whatever animal figures or other nature-inspired decorations you prefer.

Stands for Live Trees
For a distinctive look, try wrapping the tree roots in burlap, set it in a wooden cheese box, and then fill in the box with pinecones. For a small cut tree, try placing the tree in an urn for an unforgettable presentation -- to hold the tree in place, simply add rocks and cover with clumps of moss.

See Martha's Faux Christmas Trees